Today is the day when we talk about not only one of the true greats of batting but also someone who was so loved by everyone he was around with and he was the happiest man anyone could have met. We are talking about the late great Dean Jones who sadly passed away in 2020 during IPL 2020 in UAE. Dean Jones was a prolific player for Australia and he has scored more than 9500+ international runs for Australia in international cricket. I did not have the good fortune or seeing him play live so I will try to celebrate him in my own small way.
Dean Jones played international cricket from 1984-1994 and In those 10 years he left an indelible mark in Australian cricket. He played 52 Test Matches for Australia and in those Matches he made 3631 runs at a good average of 46.55 with 11 Test hundreds and 2 Double Hundreds. In ODIs he played 164 ODI Matches for Australia and he made a total of 6068 runs at a very good ODI average of 44.62 with 7 ODI hundreds to his name. He was an elegant player and one that everyone liked watching Play. So, let’s see the Top 5 Best Performances of Dean Jones.
210 vs India (1986)
This was only the 3rd test match in the career of Dean Jones and this innings is probably his most famous innings ever as he played a gem of a knock on Chennai in one of the only 2 tied test matches of all time. Australia were batting first and Dean Jones came out at number 3 and he batted for 330 balls and he hit 27 fours and 2 huge sixes at a strike rate of 63.64 and stamped his authority and announced his arrival in style. He braved the heat in Chennai and bad health to score a double hundred for Australia.
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216 vs West Indies (1989)
Just 3 years after he made that 210 vs India, he followed it up with a sublime 216 in a test match vs West Indies at Adelaide Oval in 1989. He was in the form of his life and he came into bat at number 4 in this test match and immediately got into attack as he played for 347 balls in this innings in which he hit 16 fours and he struck it at a good 62.25 in this innings thus giving Australia a much needed boost. Dean Jones was quickly becoming the Mr Dependable player for Australia.
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184* vs England (1987)
The third incredible performance of Dean Jones in this list is against England and as I have said before that any list of the best performances by Aussie players is incomplete without a mention of England. Dean Jones in 1987 was the batter for Australia and he showed it again at Sydney. Australia were batting first and Dean Jones came In at number 3 and he batted and batted for 421 balls in this marathon innings in which he hit 12 fours and at a strike rate of 43.71. His 184* allowed Australia to win this test match by 55 runs.
145 vs England (1990)
The first ODI performance of Dean Jones in This list is again vs England and this time he took them apart in the 50 overs format. Australia were batting first and Dean Jones walked in at number 3 and from ball 1 he was in attack mode as he took only 136 balls to make 145 runs in which he hit 12 fours and 4 sixes meaning a total of 72 runs in boundaries. He struck at a rate of 106.62 and it helped Australia to win this match by 37 runs. Dean Jones was an all format great player.
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117* vs Sri Lanka (1990)
Looks like the year 1990 was kind to Dean Jones in ODI cricket as the 5th performance in my list and the second ODI performance is against Sri Lanka in a match that Australia dominated and he was the highest scorer. Dean Jones came at number 3 and in this innings he showed that he is a very good strike rotator as well as he only hit 7 fours and 1 six in 123 balls meaning he took lots of singles and doubles. He still was striking at 95.12 and Australia won this match by 114 runs.
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